April 21, 2005

The Crystal Method Spins Across America

By Randy J. Klodz

The Crystal Method, one of the world’s most revered DJ duos, is hitting the road behind the new album “Community Service II.” This special DJ set tour spins through Chicago’s Metro on May 6.

Part of the reason the Crystal Method—which includes DJs Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland—has become a worldwide phenomenon is the fact that the duo doesn’t tour only the major markets like Chicago, Los Angeles and New York like many comparable acts do. The Crystal Method has drawn fair crowds to obscure stops in Kansas City, St. Louis, and Aspen, of all places, to name a few.

“We’ve always been one to go the smaller markets, and the cities we haven’t visited in the past, and I think that has always been part of the reason why we have been successful because we take the time to go to those other markets,” said Scott Kirkland, one-half of the Crystal Method.

And this current tour by the Crystal Method is no different. Along with a large market like Chicago, the duo runs through Birmingham, Ala., Jacksonville, Fla., and Nashville, Tenn., to name a few.

While many critics of dance or DJ music mock the genre’s narrow fan base, the Crystal Method incorporates elements of pop, rock, and new wave into their work. Along with the duo’s originals on “Community Service II,” which hit stores on April 5, the Crystal Method includes dance mix covers of The Doors’ “Roadhouse Blues,” New Order’s “Bizarre Love Triangle” and Smashing Pumpkins’ “1979.” With popular music in mind, the Crystal Method has found a way to appeal to the musical tastes of fans most genre.

Metro is at 3730 N. Clark St. in the Wrigleyville neighborhood. Tickets for this 18+ show are listed for $20 each with showtime schedule for 10 p.m. For more information on the Crystal Method log on to www.thecrystalmethod.com.

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